Saturday, April 17, 2021

Switcheroo

Fraudsters use many tactics to avoid getting caught by government authorities. One of those methods involves changing business names, so investigators are thrown off the trail. A husband and wife who owned and operated a construction business near Huntington, West Virginia pulled a switcheroo...

Home Almost Alone

There are many reasons why people commit fraud. Some are focused only on themselves and think they are entitled to things or benefits they do not deserve. Others are under intense pressure to pay the bills and make ends meet. A woman from Greene...

In the Grand Scheme of Things

The self-proclaimed “Grand Sheik” of a Moorish temple in Chicago was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Friday for defrauding the IRS out of $3.2 million.

Dirty Dozen

The purpose of a medical research study is to use human participants to add to the body of medical knowledge. (Medical research studies are used to test the efficacy and safety of new interventions and often lead to medical breakthroughs and even cures.) Today,...

Extreme Greed

Extreme poverty often drives individuals to commit welfare fraud, which costs state and federal governments millions of dollars a year. One of the most common ways this type of fraud occurs is when a beneficiary knowingly reports less income than they are earning. (The...

Young and Wicked

Elderly people are one of the most common demographics targeted by fraudsters because they are seen as more vulnerable and easier to exploit. Fraudsters typically use scare tactics to convince elderly individuals to trust them with their personal information and money. A Minnesota couple has...

Fatal Fraud

Fraud is generally not considered fatal, just costly (and really aggravating) for victims. In fact, criminals, who may have previously committed crimes such as selling drugs, often turn to fraud because they can make a good amount of money without as much risk. Today,...

Supermarket Special

Today, shoppers can accomplish multiple tasks at their local supermarket, while saving time and money. Shoppers can pick up everything they need for a tasty meal, fill a prescription, and even withdraw money or deposit a check at their bank branch located near the...

Family and Friends Fraud

Imagine discovering that your tax preparer had defrauded the IRS—in your name. Then imagine that this person is a friend or relative (and you're not in on the scam). According to The Bismarck Tribune, a crooked tax preparer in North Dakota was caught exploiting...

Tele-fraudster

Telemedicine is credited with helping to improve how healthcare is delivered. Some of the benefits include fewer hospital admissions and re-admissions, improved commitments to following recommended courses of treatment and faster recovery for patients. It sounds like a win-win situation until you consider today’s...
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